19 injured in massive Staten Island apartment fire

Posted at 8:31 AM, May 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-21 11:49:21-04

Nineteen people – including several firefighters and police officers – were injured in an early Sunday morning blaze at a Staten Island apartment building. (Jennifer Bisraram/PIX11)

STATEN ISLAND — Nineteen people were injured a a massive blaze early Sunday morning, an FDNY spokesperson said.

The flames broke out at a Mill Road apartment building around 4 a.m. and quickly grew to a 5-alarm fire, officials said. It started on the building’s fourth floor and spread to the fifth and sixth floors.

Fire Marshals later determined the cause of the fire was an unattended candle. A resident said the candle was knocked over by someone’s cat.

Nine of those injured on the scene were firefighters and police officers. The four injured police officers all suffered minor injuries.

Two of the injured firefighters suffered serious injures while fighting the blaze.

The fire was under control by 6:22 a.m.

The Office of Emergency Management advised New Yorkers to expect smoke and traffic delays in the area. They also suggest closing windows to avoid smoke.